Torre dei Mannelli

in Firenze, Italy

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Torre dei Mannelli, Firenze FI, Italy
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N43° 46' 3.13" E11° 15' 10.65"   (43.767536111111, 11.252958333333)
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The Torre dei Mannelli is a small tower on the southeast corner of the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence, Italy. It is the only survivor of the four towers which once defended each corner of the bridge. In 1565, the Mannelli family refused to have it altered or demolished so that the Vasari Corridor (a corridor commissioned by duke Cosimo I de' Medici to join the Uffizi with Palazzo Pitti on the other side of the river) could be built in a straight line. Instead the corridor swerved round it on brackets.
The tower was damaged during World War II and was restored by architect Nello Baroni in 1944-1946. The ground floor now houses a gelateria.


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Address: Torre dei Mannelli, Firenze FI, Italy